News 2017


26th July 2017

Thank you on a successful National Sports Convention

Thank you for attending and participating in the 2017 National Sports Convention. We trust you walked away with some gems from the keynote speakers, the workshops, tours, expo or the Community Sport Think Tank.

17 July 2017

Sport, Recreation and Play Industry Innovation Award Finalists Announced

As an industry sector, we all acknowledge that there is a need to encourage more people to be active and provide them with opportunities to play, recreate, keep fit, and participate at all levels. Over the past few years we have seen the growth of new programs, events and more accessible facilities but little growth in formal participation numbers in physical activity in Australia.

12 July 2017

1 Week to Go – Book Now to Secure Your Place

With just over a week to go the National Sports Convention has broken all records for attendance, and is close to selling out in many areas. The organisers are encouraging organisations not to leave their bookings much longer as places are limited.

7 July 2017

Funding and Support for Community Clubs to Ensure Sustainability and Encourage Growth

Supporting grass roots football clubs is critical to the success of the game, the local communities and the health of the children who are in each club.

4 July 2017

Last 2 weeks to Register for Australia’s Leading Community Sport and Recreation Conference

There are only 2 weeks to secure the remaining tickets for the National Sports Convention, with the largest collection of opportunities under one roof, focussing on growing community sport participation at community level.

3 July 2017 National Sports Convention Best Practice Tours

The National Sports Convention is committed to showcasing industry best practice with three tours filled with world class examples of what Victoria is doing. On Wednesday 19th July, the tours will be departing the Convention venue, the Pullman Albert Park to share the key best practice learnings.


27 June 2017 Australian Sports Commission, Vicsport and National Sports Convention Collaborate for Consultation on the Proposed National Sports Plan

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has partnered with Vicsport and the National Sports Convention to host the Victorian Forum on the proposed National Sports Plan, on Wednesday 19th July at the Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne.

22 June 2017 How Can Football Secure More Facilities to Build on its Popularity

Football (soccer) has recently been confirmed as Australia’s largest sports code for participation, but the challenge is now how can the sport continue to grow if it does not have enough facilities and adequate coaches to service the demand or financial resources to support the growth at grass roots.

21 June 2017 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards

The National Sports Convention plays host to the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards which this year is sponsored by Sportfunder. With only two weeks to go before the submission closing date, the interest this year has been excellent, building on the success of last year.

15 June 2017 Federal Government to Support Australia’s Bid to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023

The Turnbull Government on Tuesday confirmed that it will support the Football Federation of Australia in the bid process to secure the 2023 Women’s World Cup for Australia

13 June 2017 Encouraging More Women to Participate in Sport

The National Sports Convention annually focuses on three target audiences that aims to encourage attendees to appreciate key insights, best practices, initiatives and tools that are available. This year a strong focus is on Women participating in sport, with speakers sharing global approaches, national strategies and local case studies.

8 June 2017 What Does Football Need to do to Grow the Grass Roots and Make it Sustainable

The most recent Australian Sports Commission AusPlay research shows that Football is Australia’s leading participation sport, but what does it really need to do to grow to its full potential? Whose role is it to grow it? How can the game embrace the significant growth in 5-a-side competitions and junior academies that are promoted outside the traditional pathway?

5 June 2017 National Sports Convention Provides Global Thinking for Australia’s New Sports Plan

The National Sports Convention provides an excellent opportunity for Australia to understand global approaches to supporting and providing opportunities for increasing participation in community sport and recreation.

1 June 2017 What do Football Clubs need to do to be heard?

The National Football Conference will focus on sharing insights, strategies and solutions to the big challenges facing local Football Clubs and Associations.


29 May 2017 National Sports Convention Early Bird Registration Closing Soon

The success of the National Sports Convention in 2016 was hailed by many as Australia’s best community sport and recreation conference, and the organisers have continued to build on this in 2017.

25 May 2017

Growing the Game: Global Learnings to Local Settings

The National Football Conference has a strong focus on growing the game by learning from global and local initiatives and case studies.  This conference is a must for football clubs and associations who really want to appreciate what has been working and what does it mean for a local association or club.

18 May 2017

Continued Increase in Demand is Impacting on Sports Grounds and Fields

The National Sports Convention is promoting and encouraging greater participation in community sport and recreation over two days in Melbourne in July.  Recognising that community sports grounds in many outer metro areas are not coping with current demand the National Sports Convention Sports Surfaces stream is bringing together some of the best technical minds to share the latest thinking on natural, hybrid and synthetic technology.

15 May 2017 National Sports Convention Partnerships Drive Success in Generating Greater Participation

With so many organisations all committed to driving increased participation, the National Sports Convention has brought together case studies from across Australia and internationally on how government, education, sport and the commercial sector are partnering to create more sustainable outcomes.

11 May 2017 People, Programs and Coaching Focus to Grow the Game

To successfully grow grass roots football we need to be able to target the right audience with the best programs.  The inaugural National Football Conference is bringing together key players in the game to share their success and strategies. 

9 May 2017 Global and National Policy Makers Meet to Discuss the Future of Community Sport and Recreation in Australia

The National Sports Convention has worked with all of the key sport and recreation peak bodies to bring the leading 2017 Conference to Melbourne in July.  With close to 100 global, national and local speakers sharing trends, strategies and case studies with an expected 500+ participants, the focus is how, as an industry we can evolve and be innovative to generate greater participation.

4 May 2017 More Flexible Facilities Needed for Football as the World Game is Recognised as Australia’s Favourite Football Code

Football is Australia’s largest club-based participation sport by a wide margin with over 400,000 more participants than AFL, more than twice as many as cricket and four times as many as rugby league. An update of the Australian Sports Commission’s official AusPlay survey, the largest survey of its type ever undertaken in Australia, shows that 1,104,815 men, women, boys and girls are participating in football.

1 May 2017



National Sports Convention Awards Launch

The Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards have been launched as part of Australia’s largest community sport and recreation convention. The awards recognise individuals, not-for-profits, commercial, recreation and sports sectors and will be presented on Thursday 20th July at the National Sports Convention Industry Awards and Networking Evening.


15 April 2017 Increasing Participation in Sport –  What About Club Capacity

There is a wave of attention being driven towards increasing participation in community level club-based sport. Strategies include both top-down and bottom up approaches, and many relate specifically to increasing participation for females. Recent activities range from the AFL Women’s League, and Women’s Big Bash League to promotions such as #ChangeOurGame.

13 April 2017 National Football Conference Launch

The National Sports Convention has the pleasure of launching the National Football Conference, which has been developed with Football Federation Australia, Football Federation Victoria, Football NSW and Victoria University. 

4 April 2017 Growing Participation in Local Settings – Global Strategy with Local Case Studies

The National Sports Convention Conference has brought together 60 leading global policy makers and strategists together with community recreation, sport and health promotion agencies and local government, education and providers to share their views on how to increase participation.


3 March 2017 Official Launch of the National Sports Convention Program

The National Sports Convention is pleased to launch the 2017 program with more than 50 global, Australian and New Zealand speakers confirmed.  With a strong focus on building grass roots participation, this conference is a must for sport, government and the education sectors that want to understand how to grow participation in local communities and what facilities are needed for the future.


30 January 2017 National Sports Convention gains momentum as keynote speakers confirmed and more activities added to the program

The extensive program for National Sports Convention is set to be released in mid-February for a full range of professional development and networking opportunities from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July 2017.